- Series: Yoon, Nicola
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (November 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553496689
- ISBN-13: 978-0553496680
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 403 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sun Is Also a Star (Yoon, Nicola) Hardcover – November 1, 2016
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An Amazon Best Book of November 2016: Over the course of a single day in New York City, two teenagers who have nothing in common randomly meet and fall in love. Now I know that sounds absurdly cliché, but somehow in Nicola Yoon’s hands, it doesn’t read that way. Natasha is a practical young woman trying to keep her family from being deported in a matter of hours. Daniel is a poet at heart, but on this day he is dutifully making good on his familial commitment to a college interview. The two are inexplicably drawn to each other and somehow their paths keep converging. The novel is told in alternating points of view, and one of the special touches of Yoon’s book are the chapters narrated by people who are unintentionally part of Natasha and Daniel’s story, mirroring our almost spooky interconnectedness. The Sun is Also a Star is a thought-provoking story of possibility, fate, and the illogical beauty of love. --Seira Wilson, The Amazon Book Review
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Gr 8 Up—It is Natasha's last day in New York City, where she has lived for 10 years. Her family, living as undocumented immigrants in a small Brooklyn apartment, are being deported to Jamaica after her father's arrest for drunk driving. Natasha is scouring the city for a chance to stay in the United States legally. She wants the normal teen existence of her peers. Meanwhile, poetic Daniel is on his way to an interview as part of his application process to Yale. He is under great pressure to get in because his parents (who emigrated from South Korea) are adamant that he become a doctor. Events slowly conspire to bring the two leads together. When Daniel and Natasha finally meet, he falls in love immediately and convinces her to join him for the day. They tell their stories in alternating chapters. Additional voices are integrated into the book as characters interact with them. Both relatable and profound, the bittersweet ending conveys a sense of hopefulness that will resonate with teens. VERDICT This wistful love story will be adored by fans of Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park and by those who enjoyed the unique narrative structure of A.S. King's Please Ignore Vera Dietz.—Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH
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This novel moves between two narrators: Daniel and Natasha. Daniel is a Korean immigrant who is struggling with his parents' expectations that he go to Yale and become a doctor. Natasha and her family are illegals being deported to Jamaica immediately unless they can find some last minute assistance to allow them to remain in the United States.
These two teenagers meet and have only a day together, yet both fall in love. I wanted Natasha and Daniel to have a happily ever after, for Daniel to be able to forge his own path, for Natasha's family to be allowed to remain in the United States.
This book was a very quick read, but in some ways I feel like the short chapters and speed of the story prevented me from being totally invested in Natasha and Daniel. Yoon's ending is also a bit unbelievable, which may bother some readers, but which I enjoyed a lot.
This is a good second novel from a talented author. I had such high expectations after Everything Everything, I'm not sure anything could live up that for me.
These two characters meet and are together all day, going through all kinds of coincidences and things. The two fall in love and there is nothing to do about it. But fate has other plans and I loved how this book shows to always have hope when there seems to be none, even if one thinks like a scientist and the other has a poet's heart! There Are several other characters in this book and the author tells about all of them from chapters in the book devoted to them from the past to present. It is all put together to be a great read!
I gave this book 5*****sunny stars!
Still, I love the story line, the back and forth between the characters, the vast difference between them, but also the similarities. Natasha and Daniel are two completely different people from two different races. By a chance meeting, then another, the insta-love begins. They decide to put the idea of love to a scientific test to see if he can make her fall for him in the only day they have. Coincidences continue to line up, and Natasha refuses to believe in "fate" or a "higher power" or that "everything happens for a reason". But when push comes to shove, when is enough, enough? Daniel opens her eyes to thoughts she would normally shrug off, to considering beliefs she would typically scoff at.
NOTE: This book discusses topics like history & science, race, faith, loneliness, suicide... So while the insta-love factor is there, it wasn't making me run away from the story like they usually do.
The Sun is Also a Star is a beautiful tale of two people pushing the boundaries, not just of race, but of beliefs. That two people with open minds can still love each other completely because of those differences.
I found the book highly readable, though flawed. It is written in extremely short chapters, in alternating narrative voices, sometimes those of various characters, sometimes in abstract voices of the Universe, or History, or the Future. It is uninteresting device. Though unrealistic in the constant interweaving of coincidence, the well-told story kept me reading. It is not great literature, but it is a good story, well told, that holds you in the way good stories can do.
The plot is intricately devised, the language fluid and at times quite beautiful in its simplicity. The subplot around an attorney whose personal failings also fail the young woman in the face of her threatened deportation was difficult for me, not so much in believability, but in the offhand manner it handles the devastating way in which he also fails his wife and children. True, most YA readers have encountered such betrayals in life, sometimes far too personally, but it is unrealistic to present such serious breakage of families to young readers in a dismissive manner. I also have reservations as to the treatment of awakening sexuality, which also seems to me far too casually treated.
I expect this book to be a bestseller. I would have liked to give more stars, but I can't. Though there are a wide range of serious issues at play-- from science to spirituality, sex to the commitments of family, questions of passion about what one commits one's life to--none are given the richness and depth of treatment they deserve; all are merely "used" lightly as a means to create a popular read. And it is likely to be that. It just makes me sad that all of these issues and the young readers encountering them deserve more than this book delivers.